Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Brilliant, inventive and as we've said before, a Sega fan's perfect game.
  2. There's more than enough here to luv for Sega fans big and small. [Apr 2008, p.64]
  3. If you’re a fan of Sega though you’ll simply love what Sumo have done with Superstars and the online tennis matches will certainly keep you coming back for more once you have lapped up the Superstars mode.
  4. You definitely get what the title of the game suggests: Many little entertainment appetizers for the whole family. Entertainment for every age group – but not more!
  5. Sega Superstars Tennis is by no means amazing, but it should manage to satisfy Sega and tennis fans alike.
  6. When this game drops down to about $20, it'll probably be worth picking up for Sega fans.
  7. Addictive minigames, great arcade tennis and sunny visuals. But a bit basic at its core. [Apr 2008, p.68]
  8. SEGA fans, run don't walk to the shops, but be prepared to give Superstars a few hours before the gameplay starts hugging you as hard as the graphics and sound. Everyone else, dust off Virtua Tennis 3 for a more complete alternative.
  9. It lacks the depth required of a game that will stand the test of time and live on for months if not years to come, but for simple fun, either alone or with a few mates, SEGA has a winner on its hands.
  10. We love the online play, Superstar moves and homage to Sega games like Sonic, The House of the Dead, Samba de Amigo and Jet Set Radio. It's fan service all the way. But the lack of a World Tour mode and ease of difficulty cripples the game's long-term appeal.
  11. A great novelty knockabout, dwarfed by a near-flawless game you should already own. [May 2008, p.108]
  12. 70
    Sega Superstars Tennis isn’t the best tennis game out there, especially since the actual tennis isn’t even as close to being as smooth or challenging as something like the Virtua Tennis or Top Spin games, but it can be just as rewarding for Sega fans and those people looking for a simple and fun approach to the sport.
  13. The tennis is merely average, but the challenges and minigames in Sega Superstars Tennis are creatively done and a lot of fun.
  14. Sumo Digital managed to offer simple but well implemented gameplay. Some of the stages and mini-games are fun, even if it’s only for the nostalgic ride. But they don’t make up for the fact that we miss some more tennis matches. Anyway, if you ever dreamt of seeing the dwarf from Golden Axe in the same stage as Ulala and Amigo…you might as well give it a try. [Apr 2008]
  15. Superstars Tennis may as well be a dream for Sega fans, but hardly will win any converts.
  16. It’s definitely a fun game to play with vast amounts of mini-games to keep you going. The single player does lack depth however and there’s not much replayability for those looking for a solid single player game.
  17. In all honesty, the simplification of the controls and hit-miss nature of the superstar mode mean that Sega Superstar Tennis isn’t quite as good as the tennis masterclass that was "Virtua Tennis 3."
  18. If you enjoy the Sega classics, you will get some enjoyment out of seeing some old characters revolutionized in new HD graphics, but if you are unfamiliar then you may not be interested.
  19. Sega Superstars Tennis offers some interesting diversions, but the main meat of the package is lacking the bite it requires to be a great game.
  20. 68
    Sega Superstars Tennis makes banal use of Sega's heritage, and abandons the explosive creativity that Sumo was once associated with. [Issue#165, p.92]
  21. 67
    It's just a shame that, due to Sega's mismanagement of its properties over the last decade or so, Superstars Tennis comes too late to fully resonate with today's gaming audience.
  22. 65
    Sega Superstars Tennis mixes tennis and mini games and unfortunately doesn't excel at either.
  23. Sega Superstars would have benefited from a more diverse character lineup, as the roster leans rather heavily on a few select franchises.
  24. 64
    It's a bit of a yawn that ends up feeling like a barely good enough cash-in. The environments and characters are largely well-done, but the control scheme and dull mini-games drag SEGA Superstars Tennis down.
  25. 60
    I wouldn't recommend that version of Sega Superstars Tennis to anyone who isn't a massive fan of the company. I had high hopes, but with so many simple yet crucial issues here, it looks like we're going to have to wait for the inevitable sequel before truly enjoying our trip down memory lane.
  26. People seeking a tennis game that's actually fun or intuitive should look elsewhere.
  27. 60
    Sega Superstars Tennis just screams missed opportunity. With a strong selection of classic Sega games to draw inspiration from and such a charming cast of characters on hand, it's depressing to find the core mechanics so shallow and the overall game design so slap-dash.
  28. 60
    You have to wonder if games like this are best left to the Wii. As consoles become more sophisticated so should the games.
  29. Sega Superstar Tennis could have been a good game, however its erratic framerate, fussy controls, and diluted gameplay won't have you playing for long.
  30. Sega Superstars Tennis is a few stars short of Virtua Tennis quality. It’s got some of the right pieces (and some ugly deformed shapes called “mini-games” that should’ve been tossed aside) but none of them came together.
  31. The dream of a Sega-filled game that actually lives up to the legacy of Sega remains to be fulfilled.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 2, 2013
    8
    I have played the wii version and the PS3 version. I loved them both, until the wii version broke. The PS3 version is still really fun, thoughI have played the wii version and the PS3 version. I loved them both, until the wii version broke. The PS3 version is still really fun, though with good controls, fun modes and fun multiplayer. If you like Sonic and tennis, the is the game for you. Full Review »
  2. JJZ
    Mar 26, 2008
    9
    Sega Fans will truly enjoy this game.